Guardians of the Gardens of Life / Friday Trip: Movie and Half Price Books

Dedicated
with our Sincere Love
and Deep Appreciation
to
Floyd and Brenda Heckman.

LeVonna, and I have created a scholarship
to Honor this Beautiful Family –
the Floyd and Brenda Heckman Scholarship.

Floyd serves Tarrant County
as an Officer and Deputy Sheriff
and his daughter, Katie,
has been one of our scholars at the Anderson School.
Brenda was an exemplary teacher at our school.
We are extremely proud of Floyd and Brenda
and wish to honor their family
and their wonderful service to our citizens.

 The Floyd and Brenda Heckman
scholarship is available to the child(ren) of officers
who have become permanently disabled
or died in the Line of Duty,

in the service of our communities, State or Nation.

May God Bless and Keep
all of our friends in law enforcement,
as they prove to be
such a Blessing to all of us.

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Bouquets of Flowers never formed into words, never spoken, can block the Sun.

“Someone’s lost the plan
for the Brotherhood of Man,
and no one is trying to find it
anymore.
And the winds become a sigh
for those who hate and those who die.
And the waves are black
and slow along the shore.”
– Roger Whittaker

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Evil must be mirrored in the face of Courage, or it will overwhelm the innocent.

Our ignorance leaves exposed
parts of the Heart
we keep covered
from our own
deeper selves.

We want so desperately
to stand on the
Purity of Truth.
But we often cower in silence
facing the mirror
of our own fear.

As we tumble
out of our dreams
and back
into what we assume
is reality,
we fall from the Grace
of our beautiful imaginings,
and into the moment
of never really knowing
what is real,
what is
True.

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Wonderful neighbors and friends.

So very many
of our precious children
knew not
the difference between
now and never,
this moment
and forever.

They came
to a moment in time
paralyzed in thought,
no longer able to
make sense
of the waking
World –
drifting,
as it were,
in and out
of what
they dreamed of
and hoped for,
and the World
that became
a living nightmare.

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You are the Guardians of the Gardens of Life.

We watched
as many drowned
in the deep end
of an ocean of drugs and violence,
between innocence and confusion,
between waves
of goodbye
lapping upon our shores.

Indifference and ignorance
stagnated into
Daylight Nights
that seemingly would never end,
and into days
of sufferance with no new
beginning.

“Peace has its victories,
but it takes
Brave men and women

to win them.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear
perpetuated itself
in our ignorance,
as we listened not
to the soft, still voices
that cried from within
the fragile Human Hearts
of our precious children.

And we allowed evil
to steal from us
everything that God and Man
held Dearest.

But Hope
rises with the dawn
of a new horizon,
a new awareness,
as we find new meaning
in old lyrics
of Life.

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    The mirror of our own fear.

My Dear Friends,
we are never really
far from the Light.
On the other side
of our spinning Globe,
it is always
on its way.

And as it spins
round and round and round,
we come face to face with fear,
in a seemingly
never ending dance
with destiny.
And we wait for the Light
of God’s Love,
unaware,
it is always
on its way,
or perhaps,
already
here.

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       The Light of God’s Love.

Evil
must be mirrored
in the face of courage,
or it will overwhelm
the innocent.

And our children,
My Dear Friends,
are not for the taking.

If alone,
we have not
the courage and the strength,
the insight
and the wisdom,
to do battle
with the forces of darkness,
that for financial or other gain,
would destroy everyone
we truly Love,
then we must fervently Pray
for those
Towers of Strength
surpassing all others,
to come our way.

And God,
in His Wisdom,
provides.

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           Towers of Strength.

Yes.
God answers our
Prayers.

But then,
My Friend,
we MUST listen
to His Answer,
or ALL we will ever hear
is the cold and very lonely
sound of
Silence.

God
fervently
answers our Prayers.
He is with us.
And he abides
within the Hearts and Minds
of so very many
wonderful neighbors and friends,
who have dedicated themselves
to protect
and save and serve,
and often
lay down their Precious Lives,
so we may live,
so that our children
may survive
and thrive,
and do so
without FEAR.

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    Who chose to rise above.

These Sacred Soldiers
of our Society,
are reflections
of our Deeply Held Morality.
The are
the very Best
of the Best.
They are Gifts
that God and Mankind
have bestowed
upon us.

They are
the very Human
and very Courageous
Crusaders of our fragile Culture,
who willingly give their lives,
so we may live,
in Peace and prosperity,
in Freedom,
and with Honor,
with Dignity,
and with a Love
for Life.

They are the
Peace Officers
of our Nation,
who chose to rise above
the ordinary demands
of Life and Living.

Courage,
My Friend,
is a form of pure
Love.
The very word
comes from the Heart.
Coeur
is the French word
for Heart.

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Reflections of our Deeply Held Morality.

In the finest traditions
of Service to Mankind,
we find the Purity of Truth,
dictates
that the Courage
to Protect and Serve
and become a Salvation
for so very many,
is truly birthed in the
Heart.

Yes,
there is a deep River
that flows through
me and you.
Its reach
is very long.
It is truly deep.
And it is
Blue.
So very Blue.

A River of Love
is flowing,
ever flowing toward
what abides Infinitely Deep –
and it flows
to the Vast Ocean
of God’s Love.

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     Courage to the Core.

Our Brothers and Sisters
in Blue
are Human too,
with Courage
to the Core,
so you
can be you.

Please join me
in extending our sincere appreciation
to one and all,
who are so
Lovingly and Courageously
dedicated to preserving
our way of Life,
our Love of Living
and our precious Children.

We THANK YOU.
And we truly
LOVE YOU
too.

And
we thank God
for the precious Gifts
of your Lives.

You
are the Guardians
of the Gardens of Life.
And we are
truly grateful.

Our Prayers
are with you
and
your precious Families.

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       Our Prayers are with you.

May you always find
Peace
in your Hearts
and Peace of Mind,
the Peace in our Hearts
and our Minds,
that you so courageously give
to us.

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“In Valor there is Hope.”   – Tacitus

You reach out to us
each and every day,
and selflessly give
so that we
may live.
Flowers grow
for the comfort
of Mankind.
Grasping wild,
they tell evermore
of Love
that blossoms like those
now in hand.

But bouquets of Flowers
never formed into words,
never spoken,
can block the Sun.
A constant shadow
can lie evermore across
what we did not say
today.

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God Loves us through the lives of those who live to protect us.

So let us begin
to express our Love,
the very deep and abiding gratitude
that lives within,
to those who have
given so much,
to so many.

Children
can teach us
many things.
They can show us
that Love
is a simple thing.
It begins
with but a smile,
and it never really
ends.

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           Children can teach us.

May God Bless
and Keep
each one of you,
our
Officers
of the Peace
in the Valley.

May God
take into His Heart
the precious Spirit
of all those
who laid down their lives
upon the Sacred Altar
of our Freedom.

Yes,
our Father in Heaven Above
is never really far away.
He guards us,
illuminates our path
and Loves us,
through the lives of those
who live to protect us
every day.

Greater Love
hath no man
than this,
that a man lay down his life
for his friends.”
– John 15:13

Goodnight.

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Patrick Zamarripa – deeply Loved Father, Son, Soldier, Savior and Brother to us ALL.

Dallas Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa,
pictured with his precious daughter,
was recently killed by a cowardly sniper
along with four other police officers.
This Loving Father of two was a veteran
who served three tours in Iraq
before coming home
to be a Dallas Police Officer.
His Father, Rick Zamarripa,
has asked for our Prayers
to help the family
through this.

Let us Pray.

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“It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.”      – Vivian Eney Cross

Since the first recorded police death in 1791,
there have been over 20,000 law enforcement officers
killed in the line of duty.
Currently, there are 20,789 names
engraved on the walls of the
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
memorialEvery day Texas State Troopers,
Agents and Texas Rangers
risk their lives to protect and serve Texas,
and they are honored to do so.
Some DPS officers pay the ultimate sacrifice,
and we are forever
grateful to them and their families
for their courageous service to the people of Texas.

The following is a list
of our fallen Texas officers and the date of death,
since 1823, when the agency first
began as the Texas Rangers,
and since 1935 as the
Texas Department of Public Safety,
when the Rangers and Highway Patrol
were combined into one agency.

Ranger David Clark: Jan. 7, 1837
Ranger Jesse Blair: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger James Christian: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger Alexander Bostwick: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger Joseph Cooper: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger James Joslen: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger Alfred H. Miles: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger Westley Nicholson: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger William Nicholson: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger William Sanders: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger Lewis P. Scheuster: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger Julius Bullock: Oct. 12, 1838
Ranger John W. Carpenter: Oct. 12, 1838
Ranger Thomas M. Scott: Oct. 12, 1838
Ranger John Wilson: Oct. 12, 1838
Ranger James Hall: Dec. 17, 1838
Ranger Edward Blakey: Feb. 25, 1839
Ranger Jacob Burleson: Feb. 25, 1839
Ranger John B. Walters: Feb. 25, 1839
Ranger James Gilliland: Feb. 28, 1839
Ranger John Bird: May 26, 1839
Ranger Thomas Gay: May 26, 1839
Ranger Hiram M.C. Hall: May 26, 1839
Ranger Jesse E. Nash: May 26, 1839
Ranger William Weaver: June 26, 1839
Ranger Marimo Mindiola: Late 1839
Ranger John Stein: July 21, 1841
Ranger A.T. Smith: Aug. 5, 1841
Ranger G.W. Hurd: Aug. 22, 1841
Ranger Peter Fohr: June 1844
Ranger Richard S. Gilbert: Dec. 18, 1847
Ranger Thomas Couzens: Jan. 11, 1848
Ranger James L. Reed: 1848
Ranger John Weatherford: Aug. 12, 1848
Ranger Isaac Heck: Aug. 29, 1848
Ranger Nathaniel H. Mangum: Sept. 5, 1848
Ranger Wesley Dier: Nov. 12, 1848
Ranger Littleton Ratton: Dec. 18, 1848
Ranger Charles G. Bryant: Jan. 12, 1850
Ranger William Gillespie: May 29, 1850
Ranger D.C. Sullivan: Aug. 20, 1850
Ranger John Wilbarger: Aug. 20, 1850
Ranger Samuel Baker Barton: Jan. 27, 1851
Ranger William Lackey: Feb. 3, 1851
Ranger Thomas Drennan: July 16, 1851
Ranger Henry J. Willis: Sept. 15, 1851
Ranger William H. Clopton: Oct. 3, 1855
Ranger H.K. Holland: Oct. 3, 1855
Ranger Willis H. Jones: Oct. 3, 1855
Ranger Augustus Smith: Oct. 3, 1855
Ranger William Barbee (Earbee): May 5, 1858
Ranger Robert Nickels: May 12, 1858
Ranger Waco (Huaco): May 12, 1858
Ranger Jonathon Thompson: Feb. 27, 1859
Ranger Estes (Estis) Smith: July 15, 1859
Ranger John M. Davenport: Oct. 29, 1859
Ranger Samuel A. Jackson: Nov. 13, 1859
Ranger John Fox: Nov. 16, 1859
Ranger Thomas Grier: Nov. 16, 1859
Ranger William McKay: Nov. 16, 1859
Ranger Nicholas Mallett: Nov. 16, 1859
Ranger David Herman: Dec. 14, 1859
Ranger Fountain B. Woodruff: Feb. 4, 1860
Ranger Theophilo Martinez: Sept. 11, 1860
Ranger John D. McLeod: Oct. 29, 1860
Ranger James Ireland: Dec. 25, 1860
Ranger Jerome C. Lynn: July 29, 1861
Ranger Robert Carter: Oct. 19, 1861
Ranger James McKee: July 18, 1863
Ranger N.F. Dunn: Nov. 20, 1865
Ranger Alvin Clark: June 29, 1866
Ranger Lorenzo Bietiger: Dec. 6, 1870
Ranger Walter Richarz: Dec. 6, 1870
Ranger Joseph Riff: Dec. 6, 1870
Ranger A.M. Swift: December 27, 1870
Ranger John Green: July 10, 1873
Ranger Thomas Gatlin: Jan. 2, 1874
Ranger Henry Jones: March 22, 1874
Ranger D.W.H. Bailey: July 12, 1874
Ranger W.A. Glass: July 12, 1874
Ranger Joseph F. Osgood: July 1874
Ranger William H. Clift: Sept. 18, 1874
Ranger L.B. Smith:  June 12, 1875
Ranger Conrad E. Mortimer: Dec. 13, 1877
Ranger John E. McBride: Dec. 17, 1877
Ranger Tim McCarty: Jan. 2, 1878
Ranger H.H. Ruzin: Aug. 10, 1878
Ranger H. Crist: Oct. 13, 1878
Ranger W.B. Anglin: June 29, 1879
Ranger George R. Bingham: July 3, 1880
Ranger Benjamin G. Warren: Feb. 10, 1885
Ranger Frank Sieker: May 17, 1885
Ranger J.P. Wood: June 13, 1885
Ranger William M. Bohanon: July 2, 1885
Ranger J.H. Moore: March 31, 1886
Ranger Charles Fusselman: April 17, 1890
Ranger John F. Gravis: Aug. 3, 1890
Ranger Robert E. Doaty: March 22, 1892
Ranger Frank L. Schmid: June 17, 1893
Ranger Frank Jones: June 30, 1893
Ranger J.W. Woods: July 1893
Ranger Joe McKidrict: April 5, 1894
Ranger W.L. Hooker: Aug. 28, 1894
Ranger Thomas P. Nigh: Aug. 16, 1896
Ranger Ernest St. Leon: Aug. 31, 1898
Ranger T.L. Fuller: Oct. 15, 1900
Ranger Emmitt Robuck: Sept. 9, 1902
Ranger Thomas Goff: Sept. 13, 1905
Ranger Homer White: Feb. 4, 1908
Ranger N.P. Thomas: Jan. 6, 1909
Ranger Quirl Bailey Carnes: July 31, 1910
Ranger Grover Scott Russell: June 23, 1913
Ranger Robert Lee Burdett: June 7, 1915
Ranger Eugene B. Hulen: May 24, 1916
Ranger Henry L. Ransom: April 1, 1918
Ranger William P. Stillwell: April 3, 1918
Ranger Thomas Carlyle Hyde: May 1, 1918
Ranger John Dudley White, Sr.: July 12, 1918
Ranger Joe R. Shaw: Aug. 21, 1918
Ranger Lenard T. Sadler: Sept. 15, 1918
Ranger Delbert Timberlake: Oct. 11, 1918
Ranger Benjamin L. Pennington: Oct. 12, 1918
Ranger Robert E. Hunt: Oct. 15, 1918
Ranger T.E. Paul Perkins: Nov. 7, 1918
Ranger John A. Moran: Dec. 12, 1918
Ranger Will M. Alsobrook: Dec. 9, 1919
Ranger Joe Ben Buchanan: Dec. 25, 1921
Ranger Stephen F. Sherman: Nov. 7, 1922
Ranger Dan L. McDuffie: July 7, 1931
Trooper Arthur W. Fischer: Jan. 18, 1932
Trooper Aubrey Lee Moore: April 16, 1932
Ranger Emmett White: Aug. 8, 1933
Trooper H.D. Murphy: April 1, 1934
Trooper Edward B. Wheeler: April 1, 1934
Trooper Joseph N. Avary: May 17, 1935
Trooper Guy A. Freese: July 11, 1935
Trooper Mart D. Tarrant: Nov. 4, 1935
Trooper David A. McGonagill: Sept. 4, 1940
Trooper Roger Q. Harriss: April 5, 1942
Trooper Floyd E. Lawson: April 7, 1948
Trooper Louis W. Dickson: April 17, 1949
Trooper Bill J. Mahoney: April 18, 1949
Trooper Winfred O. Hanna: Jan. 25, 1954
Trooper Felix A. Murphey: March 4, 1954
Trooper Robert J. Crosby: Nov. 27, 1954
Trooper Milton D. Brooks: Jan. 2, 1955
Trooper Audie A. Isbell: April 7, 1955
Ranger Clarence Nordyke: July 18, 1955
Trooper Lynn R. Smith: Jan. 25, 1957
Trooper Benjamin K. Smith: June 23, 1958
Trooper Herman P. Marshall: May 17, 1960
Ranger H.A. White: Dec. 8, 1961
Trooper Richard D. Berens: March 8, 1963
Trooper Kenneth W. Harrison: June 8, 1963
Trooper Bobby Lee Maynard: Nov. 30, 1964
Trooper Harry Lee Mills Jr.: April 3, 1965
Trooper Charles A. Pryor: April 27, 1965
Trooper Robert F. Stinnett: July 2, 1965
Trooper Darvin K. Hogg: April 25, 1966
Trooper Billy Ray Wynn: Dec. 24, 1967
Trooper Fred C. Burns: Jan. 2, 1968
Trooper Tom P. Holland: April 23, 1969
Trooper Norman E. Zator: Oct. 6, 1969
Trooper Floyd W. Etheridge: Oct. 28, 1969
Trooper Travis Raburn Locker, Nov. 9, 1969
Trooper Douglas H. Thompson: Dec. 7, 1969
Trooper Gara Oliver Cooper: Oct. 2, 1970
Trooper Billy Dan Howry: March 18, 1972
Trooper Gayle Lamar Holmes: May 19, 1972
Trooper Larry E. Hobson: Dec. 1, 1973
Trooper Kobler C. Winn: Dec. 1, 1973
Trooper Ernest C. Dobbs: Feb. 15, 1974
Trooper John D. Oldham: July 7, 1974
Trooper Harold D. Hambrick: July 7, 1974
Trooper Hollie L. Tull: Sept. 14, 1974
Agent Patrick A. Randel: Oct. 23, 1974
Trooper Jimmie W. Parks: Aug. 10, 1975
Trooper Mark A. Frederick: April 4, 1976
Trooper Tomie Michael Tucker: May 29, 1976
Trooper Sammy C. Long: Nov. 21, 1976
Ranger Bobby P. Doherty: Feb. 21, 1978
Agent James Dalrymple: June 5, 1978
Trooper Jerry Don Davis: Oct. 5, 1980
Trooper Hollis S. Lacy: Dec. 26, 1980
Trooper Howard W. Jordan: June 2, 1981
Trooper David I. Rucker: Sept. 29, 1981
Trooper Ernesto Alanis: Feb. 27, 1983
Trooper Daniel M. Higdon: March 13, 1983
Trooper Milton Alexander: April 14, 1983
Trooper Robert R. Jones: Sept. 16, 1983
Trooper Russell L. Boyd: Oct. 11, 1983
Trooper William P. Kohlleppel: April 19, 1985
Ranger Stanley K. Guffey: Jan. 22, 1987
Trooper William J. Kuhnle: May 21, 1989
Trooper Ralph G. Zerda: May 21, 1989
Trooper Willie D. Taylor: May 19, 1990
Trooper Mark J. Phebus: Sept. 17, 1990
Trooper Carlos R. Warren: March 5, 1991
Trooper Bill Davidson: April 14, 1992
Trooper Bobby S. Booth: June 16, 1993
Trooper Troy Hogue: Dec. 30, 1994
Trooper Timothy W. McDermott: May 14, 1995
Trooper Roel Garcia: March 26, 1997
Trooper Terry Miller: Oct. 12, 1999
Trooper Randall W. Vetter: Aug. 7, 2000
Trooper Richard D. Cottle: May 9, 2001
Trooper Kurt David Knapp: May 8, 2004
Trooper Jimmy Ray Carty Jr.: May 27, 2005
Trooper Billy J. Zachary: Jan. 1, 2006
Trooper Matthew D. Myrick: Jan. 20, 2006
Trooper Eduardo Chavez: May 2, 2006
Trooper Todd Dylan Holmes: March 14, 2007
Trooper James Scott Burns: April 29, 2008
Trooper David Ralph Slaton: Sept. 20, 2010
Trooper Jonathan T. McDonald: Nov. 15, 2010
Trooper Javier Arana, Jr.:  March 24, 2012
Trooper Paul Hernandez:  Oct. 4, 2012
Trooper William Keesee:  Oct. 29, 2015
Trooper Jeffrey Nichols:  March 26, 2016
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GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN

“Dedicated to the memory of people of the Texas Department of Public Safety who, in the line of duty,
unselfishly sacrificed their lives in the protection of the lives, property, rights and privileges
of all the people of Texas.”

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“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”    – Proverbs 28:1

  For Friday Oct. 7, 2016

We will meet at 10:00 a.m. at Half-Price Books, located at 475 Sherry Lane, north of Ridgmar  Mall Telephone: 817-732-4111.

At approximately 11:00 a.m. we will travel to the Ridgmar Mall 2300 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth – TELEPHONE:  817-566-0025 to enjoy lunch at the food court  and then walk to the Rave Theater to enjoy the new movie: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children rated PG13, starting at 12:50 p.m. & running 127 minutes. Younger children with a parent may view another movie with the permission of Mrs. A.

   PICK UP will be at the Rave Theater at 3:00 p.m.

                                 “He who travels has stories to tell.  
                                                                           – Gaelic Proverb


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Synopsis It is a story of a boy who, following a horrific family tragedy follows clues that take him to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island. This young adult book was originally intended to be a picture book featuring photographs Riggs had collected, but on the advice of an editor he used the photographs as a guide from which to put together a narrative. Riggs was a collector of photographs, but needed more for his novel. He met Leonard Lightfoot, a well-known collector. The result was a story about a boy who follows clues from his grandfather’s old photographs which lead him on an adventure to a large abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island.

The book has been a New York Times best seller. It reached the #1 spot on the Children’s Chapter Books list on April 29, 2012, after being on the list for 45 weeks.

        If you arrive late, we shall have departed with your child(ren) and will return to school.
Students are NOT to leave the bookstore, food court or theater without the approval of Dr. or Mrs. A. 

FINANCIAL: Please provide funds for a book (as low as one or two dollars – see Mrs. A), lunch, snacks and ticket priced at $5.00.
Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required.

PARENTS / FRIENDS / SIBLINGS / NEIGHBORS, are always invited to participate on our trips.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Oct. 7                                                Movie: Miss Peregrine’s Home for     Peculiar Children / Half Price Books
Oct 10                                               Columbus Day Holiday
Oct 28                                               Fossilmania (Glenrose)
Nov. 4                                                Modern Art Museum
Nov. 21-25  (Monday-Friday)          Thanksgiving / Fall Break
Dec. 1-2                                            Texas A.G.T. Conference (no school)
Dec. 20 (Tuesday)                            Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 21 – Jan. 4                               Winter Break Holidays
Jan. 20                                              Fort Worth Stock Show
(See William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net for trip details (posted Wed. at 6:00 p.m.)

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 “Carved on these walls is the story of America, of a continuing quest to preserve both democracy and decency, and to protect a national treasure that we call the American dream.”
President George H.W. Bush

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